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231 Front St., South Portland, ME 04106
(207) 799-5400
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Scenic view, Business meetings, Families with children
Description: Located on the waterfront, overlooking the harbor and Portland skyline....
Located on the waterfront, overlooking the harbor and Portland skyline. Located next to a marina.Serving lunch & dinner, seafood is the specialty, but other menu items are offered. Great nautical atmosphere, with water views. Outside seating in warm weather, and a function room upstairs for private parties. High quality.
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  • 80
    Excellent
  • 61
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A Hidden Gem in South Portland

We had a reservation for dinner tonight at the Salt Water Grille. Luckily I was with a friend who knew the back road to find this restaurant! It is not easily seen on a main road, but the recommendations were many and we were happy to dine here. The atmosphere was inviting and warm, with a thinking... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 12, 2015
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Villanova, Pennsylvania
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Villanova, Pennsylvania
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74 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

We had a reservation for dinner tonight at the Salt Water Grille. Luckily I was with a friend who knew the back road to find this restaurant! It is not easily seen on a main road, but the recommendations were many and we were happy to dine here. The atmosphere was inviting and warm, with a thinking waterside view of... More 

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Thank janbK6058QR
South Portland, Maine
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40 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

We come to this local neighborhood hangout which has good wines, great Caesar salad and unsurpassed views of downtown Portland. Good lunch spot as well.

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Thank Kbelton1961
Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 via mobile

If you really love a view, great food and wine, SWG is a hidden gem. Warmer months there are plenty of outdoor tables.

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Thank Bill40
DeBary, Florida
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Lovely restaurant with great view of Portland- service was attentive food a big disappointment. The lobster cakes wer extremely dense and heavy. I think cornbread was used as a binder. Although I could see lobster I could not taste it. What a Waste.the calamari was overcooked and tough- with no flavor of the ocean. I would suggest kitchen spend less... More 

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Thank mamabear5697
Saint Augustine, Florida
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Very crowded on a beautiful early September evening but seated fast in a great corner seat on deck with the marina & Portland scene to view. Food was creative & good but scenery was the best !

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Thank monica h
Liberty, Missouri
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015 via mobile

Wonderful food, great service, extraordinary view of Portland harbor and Old Port. Hands-on owner was seating guests and helping deliver food. Amazing cocktails, best Margarita I've had outside of Mexico. Great atmosphere and beautiful place to enjoy local seafood and watch the sun set.

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Portland, Maine
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Our first time at the Salt Water Grille, expectations were high. We read many positive reviews of the restaurant and it came highly recommended by family and friends. We were seated with a lovely sunset view of the Portland skyline and a bustling marina. Unfortunately, the food and service did not measure up to the beautiful location. The scallop and... More 

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Thank Maria T
New York
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248 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Stopped here for lunch on our first day in town and were pleased for the most part. Food was well-executed and fresh - my wife and my father both enjoyed their fish and chips, while my fish sandwich was adequate. It would have merited another star, but the prices were a bit high and the service was slow when the... More 

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Thank MKB1701
Maryland
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218 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 via mobile

We had an early dinner here, this was a nice stop. Quality meal, quality service and gorgeous sunset view! We ordered seafood and pizza, all very good . They had a large outdoor area for seating also.

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Thank sidney7474
Limington, Maine
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

We've been to the Salt Water Grille many times and its our favorite spot for anniversaries and special nights with its great food and spectacular view of the Portland waterfront at sunset.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 231 Front St., South Portland, ME 04106
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  South Portland
  • Phone Number: (207) 799-5400

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Scenic view, Business meetings, Families with children

Description

Located on the waterfront, overlooking the harbor and Portland skyline. Located next to a marina.Serving lunch & dinner, seafood is the specialty, but other menu items are offered. Great nautical atmosphere, with water views. Outside seating in warm weather, and a function room upstairs for private parties. High quality.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?